American Rock Stars KISS Show Their Support


Legendary rock band KISS is supporting Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital by donating an incredible, money-can’t-buy prize to help raise valuable funds for the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Following the recent tragic event in Manchester the Children’s Hospital has received an out-pouring of support from across the North West and beyond with individuals, schools and businesses wanting to help in any way possible to support the patients and staff at the hospital. This tremendous support has now stretched across the Atlantic with rock stars KISS getting in touch to pledge their support after the awful attack.

Paul Stanley has donated his signature Ibanez PS120 guitar which he was intending to play at their Manchester Arena gig on Tuesday 30th May. The band sadly had to cancel the gig following the attack at the Manchester Arena. The guitar, signed by Paul himself, has never been played and will be up for auction along with VIP tickets, backstage Meet & Greet and photos with the band backstage for four people to a KISS gig anywhere in the world.

Paul Stanley said: “We were devastated by the heinous attack in Manchester Arena and had to do something to support the city. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital's incredible work with children was never more evident than after this horrific event. We are humbled to be able to give something to support them in their ongoing efforts. Knowing that the money raised will go towards purchasing life-support ventilators, our prayers and wishes will continue to help both those affected directly by the attack, and beyond. This night will give everyone an opportunity to do their part in raising as much money as possible for an incredibly worthy cause.”    

This phenomenal prize will be auctioned off at the Red Sea Pedestrians (RSP) 10th Anniversary Charity ball in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which will be held on17th March 2018 at the Lowry Hotel. The RSP Charitable committee have supported Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for a number of years with funds raised for the charity totalling to £827,381 since 2011.

The Charity Ball will be raising funds to support the hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which cared for many of the young victims who were seriously injured in the Arena attack. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a regional major trauma centre with all paediatric major trauma cases from across the region directed to the hospital, with most of these cases cared for in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

A total of £740k is required to ensure the unit is able provide 26 cutting edge life support machines. The new state-of-the-art life support machines are the most advanced mechanical ventilators and the very real impact they will have on the quality of patient care, and the benefits it will mean for medical staff is considerable. 

Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s fundraising board added: “We’re delighted that KISS has donated this incredible prize to be auctioned at the RSP Charity Ball and want to thank them for their tremendous generosity. In recent testing times staff at the hospital – just like the city of Manchester – pulled together to make sure the young victims from the attack got the best possible care, as quickly as possible. The new ventilators we are fundraising for will ensure that the medical teams in our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit can assess a patient’s condition faster and more accurately, resulting in more effective treatment and care at a time when rapid reaction to a patient’s condition is crucial.”


Writer’s Commentary: Chris Sebela Talks KISS/Vampirella #2

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Straight from Dynamite, here’s a writer’s commentary by Chris Sebela talking about KISS/Vampirella #2Cover by Juan Doe, with interiors by Annapaola Martello.

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Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. Or at least it feels like that when you’re reading my really yappy commentary track on KISS/VAMPIRELLA #2, which you now hold in your hot little hands.

Before we get rolling, I wanna stop for a second at the start and talk about how good of a team Annapaola and Valentina are on this book. A mismatch between line art and colors can mess up even the greatest book, but Valentina takes Annapaola’s amazing inks and really builds on them. Anyhow, I know people were a little iffy that not a ton of BIG STUFF happened last issue, so we’ll see if this one fixes that. Let’s get into it.

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Oh, and story-wise, we’re back in the house on Cielo Drive, which no longer exists. It got torn down after Trent Reznor owned it in the late ’90s. A perfect place for a nice satanic ritual with our buddy in the suit who Lily and Vampi followed up here last issue.

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A KISS Reunion: Autographed KISS album returned to Cedar Rapids woman who sold it at her garage sale

Pat Dale, of Cedar Rapids, is reunited on Saturday, July 29, with his 1977 “Kiss Alive II” album that his wife Susie accidentally sold at her garage sale on Friday. The man who bought the record wished to remain anonymous and only asked for his $2 back. The album was autographed and given to Pat Dale by Gene Simmons of Kiss some years ago during a trade show in Las Vegas.

By Rob Clark / The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — The record is back.

Susie Dale, of Cedar Rapids, said the man who purchased her husband Pat’s 1977 “Kiss Alive II” album, autographed by Gene Simmons, showed up before 8 a.m. today to her garage sale and returned the album in exchange for the $2 he paid for it on Friday.

“He brought it back, so that was very nice,” said Dale. “And, he would not take the $50.”

Dale had offered to buy the record back for that amount and also joked she’d throw in her old treadmill, which also is for sale.

“He would not take the treadmill,” Dale said, noting she’s slashing prices at her sale today.

“Valuable stuff is $2, everything else is free,” she joked. “The treadmill is ‘I give you $2.’”

Dale said the man who returned the album wished to remain anonymous and she has no idea where it is now.

“Pat took it and went in the house,” she said.


Returning to Cadillac High!

During a recent visit to her home town of Cadillac, Amy (Neff) Rau walked the KISSTORY Tour route. She's pictured here next to stop number two at Cadillac High School. The plaque features Amy in a classic 1975 KISS Cadillac photo. Paul Stanley is resting his head on her shoulder.


Sealed with a KISS: Rock & Brews eatery coming to Vacaville

 By Amy Maginnis-Honey / www.dailyrepublic.com

Area KISS fans will get an early Christmas present as a Rock & Brews restaurant, a chain started by rock legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, should open in November at Vacaville Commons.

It will be the first Rock & Brews in Northern California and the 22nd restaurant in the chain which includes the United States and Mexico, said a press release announcing the venture.

The 7,970-square-foot Rock & Brews will employ about 125 people.

The menu will focus on American comfort food, including signature dishes featuring local cuisine, the release said.

Dining is available indoor and al fresco on the three large, dog friendly patios that span 1,645 square feet.

A private dining area will include an open-air patio.

A variety of games for guests of all ages will be offered.

The communal bar, designed with three sides, will dedicate more than half of the beer taps to local craft brews.

The rock-inspired atmosphere features concert lighting, oversized canvas rock artwork, a great wall of rock and concert-style music videos on flat screen televisions.

“Amazing” and “pretty cool” were the choice adjectives from Kiss fan and Vacaville musician Matty Taynton of Tweed Hut Music.

“How could we not want that?” he asked rhetorically. “We are fortunate to have something like this happen.”

He recalled hearing Simmons speak at a National Association of Music Merchants breakfast. “He had some interesting insights,” Taynton said.

Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine said he’ll check out the restaurant when it opens. “It’s a place for the younger crowd to hang out,” he said.

It’s also another feather in the cap for the town as more restaurants are moving in and taking over empty spaces, he said.

Multi-unit franchise partner Jon Mesko, will open the eatery at 200 Nut Tree Parkway. This marks the sixth Rock & Brews for Mesko, who also owns and operates Rock & Brews restaurants in Southern California.

“I am excited to continue my journey on the Rock & Brews world tour and with demand growing across the United States and beyond, I am happy to bring Rock & Brews to Northern California,” said Mesko, in the press release.

“Our locally-sourced food, excellent service, and energized atmosphere make Rock & Brews a great place to enjoy a meal with family, friends or co-workers in a thrilling environment.”

The first Rock & Brews opened near the Los Angeles International airport in April, 2012. Simmons and Stanley started Rock & Brews with Dave and Dell Furano and Michael Zislis.

Grand opening activities hosted by Stanley and Simmons will take place prior to the end of the year benefiting local veterans and active military. For information about Rock & Brews, visit www.rockandbrews.com.




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So cool, Bill! Thanks for sharing!

My little girl can't wait to see KISS for her 1st concert. Paul Stanley is her favorite.- Bill

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